Brandon Funston

  • Dissenting Opinions: Shady dealings

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 19 hrs ago

    Group-think can be an especially scary thing when it comes to fantasy football rankings. After all, the unpredictable nature of the NFL game is part of what makes fantasy football so popular, and why some people like to say that the NFL acronym stands for "No F****** Logic." But when one of our Yahoo fantasy football analysts veers particularly far away from the rankings consensus, our curious nature begs for an explanation . So, with that in mind, I've identified two players from our Week 16 rankingsthat our Yahoo analysts love/hate significantly more than the rest of us, and have asked them to explain their reasoning. I'll kick things off with a couple of my outliers: :

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    Love him: Andre Johnson, Hou, WR - Funston WR rank No. 21  (Yahoo No. 28)

    Hate him: LeSean McCoy, Phi, RB - Funston RB rank No. 25  (Yahoo No. 16)

    DALTON DEL DON

    Love him: LeSean McCoy, Phi, RB - Del Don RB rank No. 10 (Yahoo No. 16)

    BRAD EVANS

    ANDY BEHRENS

  • Watch out for a pair of fantasy starters who could cost you a championship

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 1 day ago

    If you are in the hunt for fantasy championship title hardware in Week 16, watch out for a couple big-name players that could trip you up. At running back, Philly's LeSean McCoy has already been trying to sabotage your title aspirations, as he ranks No. 35 among running backs in total fantasy points over the past two weeks. On Sunday night in Week 15, Philly head coach Chip Kelly awarded goal lines carries to Chris Polk and Darren Sproles, and the two backs combined for three rushing touchdowns. As for Shady, he was left out in the cold. Touchdowns have been elusive for him all season (just four total on the year), and he's unlikely to splash pay dirt this week against a Washington defense that ranks as the third-toughest in fantasy against the RB position. Unfortunately, McCoy and his owners know that all too well as McCoy could muster just 22 rushing yards on 20 carries against his divisional foe in Week 3. At quarterback, beware of Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh's QB is coming off a 360-yard effort (but no TD passes) in Week 15 at Atlanta, and he's averaging 365 passing yards over his past seven contests. But the problem is that he's going up against a KC...

  • Week 15 Starts/Sits: Romo on the rebound

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    Most Yahoo fantasy leagues are down to the final four teams (semifinals) this week, and many of the owners who remain have benefited from a healthy amount of good luck to make it this far. That said, common sense still rules the day when it comes to setting your lineup and, with that in mind, here are the players that logic suggests are looking better or worse than usual this week.

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    [Week 15 rankings: Quarterback| Running Back | Receiver| Tight End | Kicker| DST]

  • Dissenting Opinions: Johnny B. Goode or Johnny Rotten?

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    Group-think can be an especially scary thing when it comes to fantasy football rankings. After all, the unpredictable nature of the NFL game is part of what makes fantasy football so popular, and why some people like to say that the NFL acronym stands for "No F****** Logic." But when one of our Yahoo fantasy football analysts veers particularly far away from the rankings consensus, our curious nature begs for an explanation . So, with that in mind, I've identified two players from our Week 15 rankingsthat our Yahoo analysts love/hate significantly more than the rest of us, and have asked them to explain their reasoning. And since a couple of my colleagues have polarized opinions of Johnny Manziel's first NFL start this week, I'll defer the leadoff spot to the great Johnny Football debate::

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    BRAD EVANS

    Love him: Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB - Evans QB rank No. 11  (Yahoo No. 15)

    ANDY BEHRENS

    BRANDON FUNSTON

    DALTON DEL DON

     

  • Week 14 Starts/Sits: Keenan to short circuit on Revis Island

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    For most owners (and congratulations if you are one of them), the fantasy playoffs have officially arrived. And that means it's time to make some money. With that in mind, here are some players that I think will make it rain (look better than usual) as well as some players that I think will cause only heartache and pain (look worse than usual) this week :

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    [Week 14 rankings: Quarterback| Running Back | Receiver| Tight End | Kicker| DST]

  • Dissenting Opinions: Don't demote Eagles because of tough matchup

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    Group-think can be an especially scary thing when it comes to fantasy football rankings. After all, the unpredictable nature of the NFL game is part of what makes fantasy football so popular, and why some people like to say that the NFL acronym stands for "No F****** Logic." But when one of our Yahoo fantasy football analysts veers particularly far away from the rankings consensus, our curious nature begs for an explanation . So, with that in mind, I've identified two players from our Week 14 rankingsthat our Yahoo analysts love/hate significantly more than the rest of us (including an Alfred Morris showdown), and have asked them to explain their reasoning. I'll kick things off with a couple of my outliers:

    [Join FanDuel.com's $2.25M Week 14 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 20,675 teams paid]

    Love him: Kenny Stills, NO, WR - Funston WR rank No. 12 (Yahoo rank No. 18)

    Hate him: Alfred Morris, Was, RB - Funston RB rank No. 25 (Yahoo No. 15)

    BRAD EVANS

    DALTON DEL DON

    ANDY BEHRENS

    SCOTT PIANOWSKI

     

  • Week 13 Starts/Sits: Giant letdown

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 19 days ago

    With fantasy playoffs on the line for many owners this week, it's time to turn our attention away from the gluttonous distractions of Thanksgiving and focus on optimizing fantasy lineups for the all-important weekend. With that in mind, here are some players that I think look better or worse than usual this week:

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    [Week 13 rankings: Quarterback| Running Back | Receiver| Tight End | Kicker| DST]

     

  • All-Thanksgiving Team '14: Russell, rookie receivers and Rob Lowe

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 21 days ago

    Before we turn our attention to blissfully congruous plates full of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries and stuffing, let's first offer some words of gratitude to those players that have consistently stuffed our fantasy stat sheets this season. Here are the players the Yahoo fantasy staff would like to give thanks to this holiday season:

    Who are you most thankful for at QB? Brandon Funston – RUSSELL WILSON. As a Seahawks fan, the team's Super Bowl hangover has been tough to watch at times. But you have to wonder just how much further this team would fall in the standings without Wilson. Despite a receiving corps that lacks a single true playmaker (especially now that Percy Harvin has been booted), Wilson has delivered top 5 QB returns through the first three months of the season. And he's done it mostly on the ground (644 rushing yards, 4 rushing TDs). He's a magician at work behind center, holding this team (and your fantasy team) together with sleight of hand and misdirection despite a severe lack of protection and supporting talent in the passing game.

    Who are you most thankful for at RB?

    Who are you most thankful for at WR?

  • Week 12 Starts/Sits: Back both Browns backs

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 26 days ago

    With the fantasy playoffs just a couple weeks out, roster decisions have hit a critical stage.  One wrong move could mean sudden death for your fantasy playoff hopes. With that in mind, here are some players that I think look better (San Diego passing game) or worse (Detroit passing game) than usual this week:

     

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  • Dissenting Opinions: Get rich with T-Rich?

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 28 days ago

    Group-think can be an especially scary thing when it comes to fantasy football rankings. After all, the unpredictable nature of the NFL game is part of what makes fantasy football so popular, and why some people like to say that the NFL acronym stands for "No F****** Logic." But when one of our Yahoo fantasy football analysts veers particularly far away from the rankings consensus, our curious nature begs for an explanation . So, with that in mind, I've identified two players from our Week 12 rankingsthat our Yahoo analysts love/hate significantly more than the rest of us, and have asked them to explain their reasoning. I'll kick things off with a couple of my outliers:

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    Love him: Keenan Allen, SD, WR - Funston WR rank No. 16 (Yahoo rank No. 25)

    Hate him: Golden Tate, Det, WR - Funston WR rank No. 31 (Yahoo No. 20)

    Love him: Trent Richardson, Ind, RB - Del Don RB rank No. 9 (Yahoo No. 14)

    ANDY BEHRENS

    SCOTT PIANOWSKI

    BRAD EVANS